Games for Kids to Play Alone

There are many fun and active games that kids can play alone, so solo doesn't have to mean sedentary. These activities are suitable for a party of one and allow kids to get some physical activity each day without having to find a play partner. 

It is nice to have moms and dads get involved with the' activities as well. Not only does it motivate the young ones, you get some exercise, too. Yet, that's not always possible or necessary. In those times, suggest one of these fun and simple games and your child can have a great time.

Solo Ball Skills

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Does your child play basketball or soccer? He doesn't need his teammates to practice his skills.

Shooting baskets is a great game for kids to play alone. So is practicing soccer skills like dribbling or shooting on goal. If you have a rebounding net, kids don't need a partner to play catch with a football or baseball, either. Also, a pitching machine is an inexpensive way for kids to put in some extra baseball practice.

All your child needs is a ball and some open space for this classic, active game. It challenges her to master increasingly complex skills. It's a great outdoor game or it can be played in your basement, garage, or anywhere that doesn't have breakables.

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Chinese Jump Rope

Chinese jump ropes are a fun and very simple toy that offers hours of fun. Pick up one of these inexpensive elastic loops along with a how-to book and you have a game that kids can play alone or with friends.

To play alone, simply loop the rope around the legs of a sturdy chair to hold it in place.

Racket Sports

Yes, tennis and badminton can be games for kids to play alone! They can volley tennis balls off a wall, bounce them on the ground with the racket, or bounce balls and birdies up from a racquet held horizontally.

How many can he get in a row? Can he top his personal best? It's actually a great way to hone his hand-eye coordination, which is useful for many other things.

Kids can practice hula hooping indoors or out. Challenge them to count how many revolutions they can do or how long they can keep the hoop spinning without dropping it.

Watch a few hooping videos online so your child can see a what kinds of tricks are possible, too. For instance, she can try to master the technique of working the hoop from her hips to her neck and back down.

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Dancing

Did you ever hear the expression, "dance like no one's watching"? Many people are nervous about dancing in public, but you can encourage your child to dance alone and work on some confidence-building skills. All it takes is music.

You can also use games, such as Just Dance or Zumba classes. These can help kids build a repertoire of moves.

Encouraging your child to go on a little bike or scooter ride is a great option. It's also a perfect solo activity. You will need to set boundaries and make sure kids know and obey safety rules before they set out, though.

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Art and craft projects can keep kids busy for hours. If your son or daughter has a creative streak, give them some supplies and let them explore their imagination. A larger mural or a 3-D sculpture offers plenty of physical activity.

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While you probably don't want your child to spend all her playtime in front of a screen, setting her up with motion-controlled video games will definitely get her moving. It may even inspire activity away from the TV.

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Digging and Building

Got dirt, sand, or snow in the yard? Equip your child with some simple tools like shovels, pails, and maybe a few molds and let him dig and build to his heart's content. It's easy to spend hours crafting a castle, a roadway, a snow creature, or even a flower garden.

Volleyball is usually a team sport, but it's a lot of fun for one, too. All you need is a balloon and, with a few boundaries set, it can be an indoor game.

Set up a ribbon to act as a net and blow up a balloon for a ball. Then challenge your child to play volleyball—on both sides of the net! She hits the balloon up and over the ribbon, then scoots under to hit it from the other side, and so on until the balloon wafts to the ground.

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On a nice sunny day, a tub of sidewalk chalk can keep many kids busy for a long time. He can use the chalk to make hopscotch, mazes, obstacle courses, and much more. You might even show him photos of amazing sidewalk chalk art by professional artists to inspire his own artwork.

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A Word From Verywell

Even when there are no playmates available, kids can stay entertained and active with a little encouragement. It will challenge their creativity and offers many possibilities for growth and development on a very personal level as well.
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